London 2012 - Time running out for weightlifting hopefuls

Thu, 05 Apr 14:41:00 2012

British weightlifters know there is no margin for error as they prepare for next week's European Championships in Turkey.

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A 12-strong squad will travel to Antalya where achieving a result comes a distant second to the principle aim - achieving the Olympic qualifying standard.

A maximum of three men and two women can be selected for the London 2012 Olympics, but they will only be considered if they hit the specified A standard twice or B standard once, with athletes hitting the A standard given preference.

Currently no athletes have hit either standard in the required events, so competition for places remains intense.

"This is a crucial time for any athlete who hopes to be selected for the London Olympics," said British Weight Lifting performance manager Fiona Lothian.

"Many of our athletes have reached the Olympic qualifying standards in training - but it only counts if they do it in top-level competition, and this is one of just a few events left for them to do that.”

The British squad, which includes Commonwealth Games medallists Zoe Smith and Gareth Evans, is spread over eight weight categories.

Sportsbeat / Eurosport

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